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Strategic Content: Representations of Epistemic Modality in Biosemantics (and Success Semantics)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Theoria, ISSN 0040-5825, E-ISSN 1755-2567, Vol. 84, no 3, p. 259-277Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A central idea in Ruth Millikan's biosemantics is that a representation's content is restricted to conditions required for the normal success of actions that it has as its function to guide. This article raises and responds to a problem for this idea. The problem is that the success requirement seems to block us from saying that epistemic modal judgements represent our epistemic circumstances. For the normal success of actions guided by these judgements seems to depend on what is actually the case, not on whether or to what extent various possibilities were supported by the evidence. In response, I argue, first, that actions guided by epistemic modal judgements have as their function to implement strategies for handling epistemic circumstances, second, that the successful performance of this function requires that aspects of these circumstances obtain, and, third, that biosemantics can thus understand epistemic modal judgements as representing these aspects. The recognition of such strategic contents introduces complications; I further argue that these are benign.

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2018. Vol. 84, no 3, p. 259-277
Keywords [en]
biosemantics, success semantics, teleosemantics, epistemic modals, Ruth Millikan, strategic content
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160226DOI: 10.1111/theo.12165ISI: 000443414600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160226DiVA, id: diva2:1250334
Available from: 2018-09-24 Created: 2018-09-24 Last updated: 2018-09-24Bibliographically approved

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